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Playlist: Charlee Remitz

Charlee Remitz

Los Angeles by way of Nashville singer/songwriter Charlee Remitz has just released her album, ‘Sad Girl Music’. It’s full of 80’s inspired synths and breakaway vocals that tell a story of the first flashes of love.

Charlee has put together a playlist together for Indietronica. Check it out below!

Troye Sivan – SUBURBIA

I’ve always admired Troye Sivan’s work in its entirety. His songs are beautifully structured–the melodies, the lyrics, the swelling synths and sparkling production beneath. I tend to stray from most modern pop. It’s become predictable. There are no dramatic or epic imperfections, which is something I think is so important in music. That subtle messy quality, which reminds you this person is human. This side effect of life is relatable. Love is found and lost. Troye Sivan transmogrifies the mundane–that’s what I most admire about this song. It is, in essence, a love letter to suburbia–the most mundane and simple part of our world. Where things look neat and perfect, but wars and exhausted battles are being fought within. Where transformation is often a thing of myth.

Lorde – Homemade Dynamite

Lorde is an elegant songstress. She draws a parallel between princesses and youth, kings and jesters. She has this incredible ability to string all these different parts of life into one teeming soup of tragic, melancholic celebration. There’s an insane relatability there, but also a disconnect, in that you can never imagine rising to such a prodigious understanding of life and its weary inhabitants. I’ve always imagined her heart is a different color than mine. A different shape even. It seems far more resilient and impervious to societal blue. I love how it observes our changing landscape, how it translates it into written word.

Hayley Kiyoko – Sleepover

This song is a wild clump of Forget-Me-Not. That sudden and intense remembrance of everything you had with a lover in your bed, especially knowing you may not ever have it again, as that love is swept away, downstream. But it isn’t nefarious, it’s sweet, it’s a lullaby. There’s no vengeance. I wanted to touch on that same elegance when I wrote about the end of my relationship.

Ariana Grande – Thinking Bout You

I’m not actually a massive Ariana Grande fan. But she does have BIG moments. Big, random, wonderful, spontaneous songs that pop up on each album. “Why Try,” “Thank U, Next,” and this track are all immediate, flawless favorites of mine. A branch of polished pop I can get behind. They all carry like a movie epic. The way they rise and fall, the way she tells a story, it’s like her vocals are afloat.

Aly and AJ – Take Me

This track is a dream. An ode to the 80s. I’ve largely called upon the 80s for inspiration with this album, right down to the fonts used. The 80s have this disconnected sparkle. Everything seems vivid and colorful and the stories are epic, teenagers riding in their classic cars, falling in love on spindle-wired phones. Unrequited love is in drastic overuse, but this story seems brand new. A blue heart turning remarkably pink by the song’s grand finale.

FLETCHER – You Should Talk

I didn’t fully understand this song until I went through a similar situation. Now, it’s the most relatable song to me in the world. There truly is no terror beyond the person you love finding love, comfort, sharing their self and body with someone new. Lately, I’ve been struggling most with the lack of empathy and warmth. The boy I loved, and will probably love forever, has no warmth left. No compassion. When he addresses me, it’s ice cold, and I’m left in his wake, shivering. I’m tired of the misunderstanding. The desire to find a closure that could exist if only he would open up just a bit and tell me his misses me too. It doesn’t need to be our revival, it just needs to be a final, “It was real, but now we let go.”

Katelyn Tarver – You Don’t Know

Simply put, this is the song I cried to, for so long. It’s being misunderstood. It’s wanting to be blue. It’s wishing people would stop poking at you. It’s being sad and not forcing yourself to wipe your tears. It’s ugly. It’s beautiful. It’s just letting it consume you for one moment because you’re sick of being strong. But there’s a triumph in that. Even if it feels like giving up. You’re not. You’re giving in so you can find the strength in unraveling.

John Mayer – In Your Atmosphere

The truest love of mine: John Mayer. Picking just one song was quite the struggle. I landed here because it falls–somewhat–in line with the rest of these. It has that cosmic feel the others do. Some carry it in their production, some in the story, some in the melodic structure. John Mayer is a wordsmith and “In Your Atmosphere” is the perfect break up song for someone like me–who loves being connected to another heart in the world when I’m traveling, who loves coming home to someone. Who loves that drum in my chest, the butterflies in my belly, the buzzing beneath my skin. That anticipation is a miracle. I’ve lost it. I feel terrified I took it for granted and won’t have it again.

Taylor Swift – Call it What You Want

A delicate love story. I remember listening through Reputation for the first time, and winding up in tears after its redemptive finale, with “Call it What You Want” and “New Year’s Day.” I’m not a crier without reason. How she found such a sweet and sound ending to an album that was otherwise filled with revenge, is beyond me, but she did. I wanted to end Sad Girl Music in a similar manner. I wanted it to come full circle. To feel like a journey. To drive, and then, to drift.

Lord Huron – Lost in Time and Space

I was very inclined to select his other, more popular 13 Reasons Why smash success, “The Night We Met,” but felt this track was one I more often heard in my head when I was in a rare moment of silence. Lost in time and space. Isn’t that what we all are? “Drowning in the seas of stars, lost in a galaxy of cocktail bars.” It’s miserable and uplifting. It’s sadness, it’s the distraction you search for, it’s the acceptance: all you have is you. You have you and the stars, and what else–really–do you need? Getting to that place. That final turning moment where you realize, love, as special and beautiful it is with another, love is best enjoyed when it’s found with yourself. When you become resolute–lost in time and space.

Sounds like: Dominique, CAPPA

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KESMAR – Feel It Again

KESMAR

Reinvented Sydney-based, folk singer Nathan Hughes is KESMAR.

Working towards a more disco-orientated sound, with romantic bass lines and swirling synths, his new single ‘Feel It Again’ explores the darker side of romance, inspired by KESMAR’s recent breakup at the time.

Sounds like: Metronomy, Roosevelt and L’imperatrice, Troye Sivan, Parcels, LEISURE, Miami Horror, Cut Copy, Lanks

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Troye Sivan – My My My!

Troye Sivan

My My My! Troye Sivan is getting us hot under the collar with his new video.

The video commences by following a peaceful and sweaty Troye dancing in an abandoned warehouse veiled in black and white, before flipping to an equally as sweaty but colourful night in said warehouse.

Sounds like: Years & Years, One Republic

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ADAL – Synthesize feat Alexanderson

ADAL

Rising pop artist ADAL shares his new single ‘Synthesize’, featuring the vocals of Alexanderson of XY&O.

It oozes nostalgia combine with forward-thinking pop sensibilities, and there are even more exciting times ahead for ADAL – he is currently writing a debut album, with an array of featuring vocalists which include FREJA, Indiana, Farida and NINA.

Sounds like: XY&O

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Kid Cupid – Easy

Kid Cupid

New London-based Kid Cupid shares the video for ‘Easy’.

Despite it’s overall blissed-out sound, it’s a song that deeply delves into self-destruction, including the harsh realities of addiction, through pulsating beats and gritty beats.

Sounds like: Kudu Blue

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Paige – Everywhere Feat. Jojee

Paige

Meet US-based DJ/producer Paige. He has teamed up with rising pop singer and fashionista Jojee on new single ‘Everywhere’.

The uplifting song transports you to a distant land where all is good with the world and you can freely open your arms to the sky and spin around.

Sounds like: The Him, Gryffin, July Child

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Atella – Alive

Atella - Alive

Galactic Norwegian producer duo Atella share the dreamy single ‘Alive’.

It is sway-inducing, unadulterated atmospheric cosmic disco with vocals that simply melt into your deeper being. Lovely.

Listen below.

It’s out now on Eskimo Recordings.

Sounds like: Röyksopp, Goldroom, RAC, Joe Goddard, Lindstrøm

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New Shack – Ways and Means

New Shack

New Shack is the synth-wave project from Cat Leavy and Eric Robertson.

They’ve supported Glass Animals, and you can see why due to their quirky attitude to making music. ‘Ways And Means’ has vintage synth notes and retro percussions throughout.

‘Ways And Mean’s is out now via Little Assembly.

Sounds like: Chela, Goldroom, Niki & The Dove

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STITCH – Goodbye Highline

STITCH

UK trio STITCH are giving London Grammar a run for their money with ‘Goodbye Highline’.

The mid-tempo track is about that tricky middle moment where you look back nostalgically on a love lost, but also welcome the bright future ahead. It contains 150 layers of strings, all of which were recorded by band member Kye in their shared living room.

Expect their ‘Welcome To The Dream’ EP in March.

Sounds like: London Grammar, Jessie Ware, Nimmo, Kudu Blue

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Jude Connors – No Romances

Jude Connors - No Romances

Jude Connors is a pop singer/songwriter from Calgary, Canada.

At just 18, his second single release is a refreshingly bold and liberating celebration about gay sexuality in pop music, with a very danceable vibe going on.

Sounds like: Years & Years, Tove Lo, Mura Masa, Troye Sivan, RAC

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morgxn – love you with the lights on

morgxn

morgxn

All round American musician, morgxn has singing in his blood. His grandfather, a Vaudeville singer in the same circuit as Eddie Cantor, was instrumental in instilling a deep love of music, singing, and songwriting.

morgxn’s debut, ‘love you with the lights on’ is a euphoric single brimming with smoky sensuality, and deeply personal lyrics.

“I find it really hard to talk about beauty because my whole life has been people telling me what they think is beautiful on me. The problem is that from early age it was difficult to decipher beauty from danger – and i’ve spent a lifetime running from beauty,”

“What is it we see when we look at ourselves in the mirror? Do we see our reflection or do we see some warped version of our reflection based on years of abuse and rejection and judgment and …. fuck. What if we saw each other with the light on some eternal/internal flame that seared through the heart of it all and exposed who we really are – fierce, loving, beating hearts.”

The track is out via wxnderlost records.

Sounds like: Troye Sivan, Jack Garratt

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Astrid S – Hurts So Good

Astrid S by Ole Marius Fossen

Astrid S by Ole Marius Fossen

ZAYN has met his match, in Norwegian singer and musician Astrid S.

Following on from the epic ‘Paper Thin,’ is the video for ‘Hurts So Good,’ directed by the acclaimed screenwriter and director, Andreas Öhman at Naïve Studio in Sweden.

About the video, Astrid remarks:

“It was a very cool experience to do this music video. I went to Stockholm for two days, and we filmed it by a beautiful summer house outside of the city, as well as in a studio. It felt so uncomfortable doing the scenes with the actor which depict the aspects of a complicated relationship reflected in the song’s lyrics. But after seeing the final result it was so worth it. I’m very happy with the video, and I think it suits both the song and me.”

It’s the lead single from her upcoming, self-titled EP, and was written by Lindy Robbins (Jason Derulo, Demi Lovato) and Julia Michaels (Gwen Stefani, Selena Gomez, Little Mix) and produced by Max Martin Studios and MAG. That would explain the strong pop influence!

Of the EP, Astrid says:

“Until now, my fans have had to wait a long time to hear new music from me, one track a year! But, I’ve been in the studio, working hard, and now I have lots to share with you. This May, my first 5 track EP will be coming to you all to listen to whenever and wherever! I am so excited!”

The EP is set to be released on 20 May via Virgin EMI.

May Tour Dates

Monday 2nd – Alcatraz, Milan, Italy
Tuesday 3rd – Kaufleuten, Zurich, Switzerland
Thursday 5th – Backstage Werk, Munich, Germany
Saturday 7th – Ottakringer Brauerei, Vienna, Austria
Monday 9th – Live Music Hall, Cologne, Germany
Tuesday 10th – Paradiso, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Friday 13th – Docks, Hamburg, Germany
Sunday 15th – Huxley’s, Berlin, Germany
Tuesday 17th – Vega, Copenhagen, Denmark

*Headline show – not supporting Troye Sivan

Sounds like: ZAYN, Zara Larsson, Rihanna, Evvy, Noosa

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Souvenir – Chase Me Down

Souvenir

Souvenir

Let’s decelerate it a bit with ‘Chase Me Down’ by Souvenir (aka Massachusetts-born 20 year old Michael Fenuccio).

Citing influences from the likes of Troye Sivan, Thomston, and Kevin Garrett, ‘Chase Me Down’ is an indietronica pop song about a secret crush Michael had on his straight best friend. It has been co-written and produced by Andrew Novoa.

That crush…it’s probably not so secret now!

Sounds like: Kevin Garrett, Mumford & Sons, Troye Sivan

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Chelsea Effect – Good Enough

Chelsea Effect

Chelsea Effect

Chelsea Effect is a new band project founded by Canadian born artist, Emerald Isabella. The project is named after the effect the legendary Hotel Chelsea in New York City had on pop culture in the 1960’s.

The vocals on her debut single, ‘Good Enough’ reminds us of an early Ellie Goulding, but with a modern twist thanks to the wobbling electronic beats.

The track was co-written and produced by Bram Inscore (Beck, Troye Sivan, Twin Shadow) and mixed by Andrew Maury (RAC, Lewis Del Mar).

Sounds like: Monogem, Evvy, Ellie Goulding, REMMI, SP¡ON

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